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Movie Review: Pompeii.

Directed By: Paul W.S Anderson.

Starring: Kit Harrington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland and Jared Harris.

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

This movie is the telling of the story of Pompeii, how Mount Vesuvius erupted and laid waist to the city of Pompeii. Of course because this is an action movie, we get an unlikely hero, a romance and a lot of explosions.

We all the know the story of Pompeii, its one of the most devastating events in History. So we all know how this movie will end....the volcano will erupt and everyone will die. So because this movie was incredibly predictable, the movie had to be exciting and well made for it to be entertaining. Unfortunately Pompeii is neither of those things.

Paul W.S Anderson directs this film and he is most famously known for his Resident Evil movies, which I am not a fan of.

Obviously because this is a movie about a volcano that just causes a mass amount of destruction, you want good CGI. Well it seemed like Anderson was trying with the visuals but the budget just couldn't get the best visuals for him. Some of the effects with the volcano exploding did look pretty cool but for a majority of the film, everything just looks extremely fake and looks like it was all done in front of green screen. Honestly this looked like CGI that would have been considered below average in the early 2000's, except for some of the volcano scenes where it did look pretty good. Because of the poor effects in the majority of the film, none of it was convincing, so I just didn't care at all because it just looked so fake. In some shots you see citizens of Pompeii being killed by the fire and debris, this should be horrible to witness but because of the way it was shot, it actually looked funny. It looked like a spoof comedy at times.

Our protagonist is played by Kit Harrington (Game Of Thrones) and he is a slave turned Gladiator (does it sound familiar?) who must fight in an arena in Pompeii to survive, and then all hell breaks loose when the volcano erupts, this movie is basically Gladiator up until the volcano explodes. On his journey he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy merchant. This romance was so brutally rushed and unbelievable that I couldn't care less whether they died or not.

The action in the film is actually enjoyable for the most part but the director cuts the shots in such a way that it all feels fake. The sword fighting was entertaining and well choreographed but when the gladiator's are in the arena fighting dozens of soldiers, it just feels so cartoon like. The action is filmed bad but the cuts were really annoying me because he cuts the shot as soon as someone gets hit with a sword or spear.

Kit Harrington plays Milo, our main protagonist and of course Harrington is most popular for his role as John Snow on Game Of Thrones, and he is actually pretty good on Game Of Thrones but in this he was just so emotionless, even during the fight scenes or romantic scenes he has an expressionless face. Kiefer Sutherland (24) plays the bad guy in the movie and he was terrible, completely over the top. The actors in the movie are good actors but because of the script and direction, they are so bad in this movie.

For the majority of the film I was not entertained, I was bored. The movie wasn't exciting, emotional or fun. I didn't care about any of the characters, and because this is based on a true event, I should have cared about what was happening, but it felt so fake that I didn't. A couple of the action scenes are pretty enjoyable and the sword fighting is well done. Nothing about this movie really worked for me and I don't recommend it. I'm going to give Pompeii a D.

So guys let me know what you thought of Pompeii down below. Did you enjoy the movie or do you agree with me?


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